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September 2016 AAC baskeball recruiting recap

PonyStampede breaks down the September recruiting activity in American Athletic Conference basketball.

It’s the height of recruiting season in college basketball, and the AAC has seen its share of commitments. All but three have at least one player committed and 14 total players committed to AAC schools. Here is where the classes stand. 

Temple Owls: Four commitments

2017 commits:

Charlotte (N.C.) Independence 3-star PF Justyn Hamilton (committed Oct. 3)

Baltimore Polytechnic (Md.) 3-star wing De'Vondre Perry (committed Sept. 30)

Greensboro Day School (N.C.) 3-star PF J.P. Moorman (committed Sept. 28)

Plainfield (N.J.) 3-star PG Nate Pierre-Louis (committed Sept. 10)

Transfers:

None

Notes:

Temple grabbed four commitments in a month and hosted all of them for officials in September. Hamilton also considered South Carolina and DePaul. Perry had a final five of Kansas State, Seton Hall, Temple, USC and Virginia. Moorman also had visits set to Cincinnati, Richmond, Georgia Tech and UNC-Wilmington. Pierre-Louis had other offers from Georgia Tech, Purdue, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Vanderbilt. They did have a couple other targets commit elsewhere: Vermont Academy 3-star PF Marcus Santos-Silva picked VCU over the Owls and Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh PF T.J. Massenberg committed to Middle Tennessee. Both visited Temple in September.

Connecticut Huskies: Three commitments

2017 commits:

Weston (Fla.) Sagemont 3-star PF Tyler Polley (committed Sept. 20)

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMantha Catholic 3-star C Josh Carlton (committed Sept. 14)

Wolfboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy 4-star PG Makai Ashton-Langford (No. 32 overall, committed Sept. 5)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

None

Notes:

The Huskies landed two big men in September to go with their top-50 point guard. Polley visited UConn earlier this fall and also considered Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Carlton committed after an August visit to campus. He had visits set for East Carolina, Clemson and Xavier. His offer list also included Arizona State, Georgetown, Memphis and USC. Ashton-Langford remains the only 4-star commitment for an AAC team this cycle. UConn is still working on some five-stars: Westtown (Pa.) C Mohamed Bamba (No. 2 overall), Putnam Science (Conn.) wing Hamidou Diallo (No. 10), who visited on Sept. 24, and Indianapolis North Central wing Kris Wilkes (No. 18), who is scheduled to visit on Nov. 3.

Cincinnati Bearcats: Three commitments

2017 commits:

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Bishop Loughlin 3-star SG Keith Williams (committed Oct. 4)

Mississauga (ON) Clarkson 3-star C Eliel Nsoseme (committed Aug. 21)

Houston Wheatley 3-star wing Trevor Moore (committed June 29)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

Ex-Sacred Heart combo guard Cane Broome (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Notes:

The New York area has been kind to Mick Cronin’s team before. Williams, the latest from the region to pledge to Cincinnati, took an official to the school a few days prior. He held offers from Dayton, DePaul, Hofstra, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Rutgers and VCU. He had visits set to Oklahoma State for Oct. 7 and visited Dayton Oct. 1. The Bearcats made Pelham (Ala.) 4-star wing Alex Reese's final five, but he committed to Alabama.

SMU Mustangs: Three commitments

2017 commits:

Tulsa (Okla.) Union 3-star C Ethan Chargois (committed Sept. 30)

Dallas 3-star hybrid forward Everett Ray (committed Sept. 22)

Tulsa (Okla.) Central 3-star PG Elijah Landrum (committed Sept. 13)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

Ex-Arkansas CG Jimmy Whitt (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Notes:

SMU built its 2017 class in a span of three weeks. Chargois had a final four of Colorado, Houston, Kansas State and SMU. The Mustangs’ biggest competition for Ray was TCU and Stephen F. Austin. Landrum had visits set to SFA and VCU, but ultimately beat hometown Tulsa for him. SMU is still pursuing a pair of four-stars: Memphis Christian Brothers SG William Douglas and Auburn (Ala.) four-star C Garrison Brooks. The latter is about to take an official to North Carolina.

Houston Cougars: Three commitments

2017 commits:

Three Rivers C.C. (Mo.) wing Gabe Grant (committed Sept. 22)

Humble (Texas) Atascocita 3-star PF Fabian White (committed Sept. 11)

Mansfield (Texas) Lake Ridge 3-star SG Mike Adewunmi (committed August 2)

Transfers:

None

Notes:

The Cougars added two more to their class in September. Grant picked Houston over UAB, West Virginia and Wichita State. He’s a Chicago native who graduated from high school in 2014 and has two years of eligibility remaining. At Three Rivers last season, the 6-foot-6 wing averaged 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Local product White committed to Houston after an official visit. He also considered Boise State, Creighton, Iowa State and SMU. The Cougars missed on a couple other targets: Houston Westfield 4-star wing Jase Febres (No. 47 overall) committed to Texas and Tulsa (Okla.) Union 3-star PF Ethan Chargois picked SMU. Both visited on the same weekend as White. With five seniors on the team this year, the Cougars have space to sign a large class this fall.

Central Florida Knights: Three commitments

2017 commits:

Pensacola State College (Fla.) PF Kani Coles (committed July 22)

Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI 3-star PF Myles Douglas (No. 28 PF, committed July 12)

Atlanta Westlake 3-star SG Daniel Lewis (committed May 18)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

Ex-Michigan wing Aubrey Dawkins (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Ex-Louisiana Tech wing Dayon Griffin (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Ex-Drexel CG Terrell Allen (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Ex-Illinois State forward Nick Banyard (grad transfer)

Ex-Texas Tech C Rokas Ulvydas (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Notes:

The Knights are at 13 scholarships for 2017 and would need attrition to add another player. They did host Macon (Ga.) Westside 3-star center Kentrevious Jones for an official the weekend of Sept. 10, but he committed to Xavier. UCF also had 2018 Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) 4-star point guard Elijah Weaver, the No. 34 player in his class, on campus for an unofficial. 

Memphis Tigers: Two commitments

2017 commits:

Windermere Prep (Fla.) 3-star wing David Nickelberry (committed Sept. 19)

Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park 3-star SG Jamal Johnson (committed Sept. 12)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

None

Notes:

Memphis is on the board for 2017 after picking up two backcourt commitments. Nickelberry, who also considered Georgia, USC and Vanderbilt, committed after his official visit to Memphis. Johnson is part of a deep class in Alabama this cycle. He picked Memphis over Georgia, UAB and Wake Forest. His offer list also included Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The Tigers hosted Norcross (Ga.) 4-star wing Rayshaun Hammonds (No. 49) for an official last month. He also has visits set to Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Texas and UConn. Findlay Prep (Nev.) 3-star PF Oshae Brissett included Memphis in his top four, along with Oregon, Syracuse and USC. Decatur (Ga.) Greenforest Christian 3-star C Victor Enoh has a top five of Memphis, Georgia State, Oregon State, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt. 

East Carolina Pirates: One commitment

2017 commits:

Portsmouth (Va.) Norcom wing K.J. Davis (committed August 4)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

Ex-Hawaii PG Isaac Fleming (eligible in 2017, one year left)

Notes:

The Pirates had a quiet September. Josh Carlton was supposed to visit in early September, but committed to Connecticut and canceled the trip. They have spots for three more signees this fall.

Tulane Green Wave: Zero commitments

2017 commits:

None

Transfers:

Ex-Vanderbilt PF Samir Sehic (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Ex-UNLV SG Jordan Cornish (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Notes:

Tulane doesn’t have a commitment, but has hosted a few official visitors. Clinton (Miss.) C Galin Smith visited Tulane the weekend of Sept. 9. He also visited Alabama and LSU, and will visit UAB. SMU has shown interest in him too. Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley SG Darien Jackson visited the weekend of Sept. 23. He’s also considering Kansas State.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Zero commitments

2017 commits:

None

Transfers: Ex-Charlotte CG Curran Scott (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Notes:

The Golden Hurricane only has room for one fall signee after an eight-man 2016 class. Tulsa missed on Elijah Landrum, who committed to SMU. Austin (Texas) McNeill 4-star SG V.J. Bailey (No. 99) visited Tulsa the weekend of Sept. 16. Oregon, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are his other finalists.

South Florida Bulls: Zero commitments

2017 commits:

None

Transfers eligible for 2017:

Ex-USC PF Malik Martin (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Notes:

The Bulls are the third of three AAC teams without a 2017 commitment. They have two spots for this fall.

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